Maybe Sony’s waterproof phones should be liquid-cooled

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Sony’s flagship smartphone for 2015 features a 5.2 inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop software. That all sounds pretty good, but there may be one major problem with Sony Xperia Z3+. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and there’s mounting evidence that this chip has […]

Deals of the Day (6-24-2015)


Groupon is offering a 5 percent discount on orders of most items that cost $25 or more when you use the coupon code GOODS5. That might not save you a lot of money on a $25 purchase, but once you start looking at more expensive items (which Groupon usually sells at deeply discounted prices already), you […]

Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker now shipping (in select countries)


Sony’s Smart Bluetooth Speaker BSP60 is a little globe with stereo speakers that pop out like ears when you want to listen to music. But the BSP60 is a lot more than a simple speaker: it also supports voice controls, letting you talk to your phone and get information including weather updates, make phone calls, check […]

Roost is a cheaper, simpler smart smoke alarm solution

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Roost is an Internet-of-Things gadget that makes it possible for anyone with a smoke detector to turn it into a smart home device that can connect to a mobile device. There’s no need to replace your existing smoke detector with an expensive new model, and you don’t have to permanently attach anything to your ceiling […]

Microsoft releases Office apps for Android phones

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About a month after launching a preview of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android smartphones, Microsoft has removed the preview label. Now the company’s mobile Office apps are available for anyone running Android 4.4 or later. You don’t need to sign up as a beta tester anymore. Microsoft designed the mobile apps to be compatible […]

BlackBerry: We’ll keep making phones, despite declining sales

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BlackBerry’s latest fiscal report shows that the company sold 1.1 million phones in the past quarter… which wouldn’t sound so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the company sold 2.6 million phones during the same period a year ago. But while BlackBerry has started developing software and services for Android, iOS, and Windows users, declining […]

Freescale unveils tiny Single Chip Modules for Internet of Things

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Single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi may seem small… but chip maker Freescale figures it can go smaller. The company has unveiled a new product category it calls a Single Chip Module (SCM), which measures just 17mm x 14mm x 17mm (0.67″ x 0.55″ x 0.67″). That makes the 3.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″ Raspberry […]

Deals of the Day (6-23-2015)

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The Asus EeeBook X205TA is a low-cost notebook that’s always a bargain. But while it has a list price of $199, it’s available at lower prices so often that I’ve lost count of how many times it’s shown up on our daily deals lists. That said, it never seems to get old: Right now Best […]

Google Play Music launches free radio streaming (with ads)

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Google is rolling out an update to its online music streaming service that brings free, ad-supported internet radio stations to Google Play Music. If you want access to on-demand streaming of any song or album available on the service you’ll still need to pay $10 per month for a subscription. But you can now access […]

Mac OS 7.5 can run on an Apple Watch

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Twenty years ago, you’d have to look to science fiction to find watches that let futuristic space travelers and cartoonish detectives talk on their wrists. But even in comic books and movies it would have been difficult to imagine running a full home computer’s operating system on something so small. Fast-forward to the present and, not only […]

Amazon Echo now available for $180 (invite-free)


Amazon Echo is an internet-connected device for use around the home. It looks like a Bluetooth speaker (and it is), but you can also talk to Echo and get answers about weather, news, or other details or use voice commands to set reminders, play music, or perform other actions. When Amazon launched the Echo last […]

Lenovo launches $129 Ideacentre Stick 300 mini PC

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As expected, Lenovo is entering the PC-on-a-stick business with a new tiny computer called the IdeaCentre Stick 300. Lenovo’s tiny computer is a lot like the Intel Compute Stick, but cheaper. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 goes on sale in July for $129. That’s about $20 less than the street price of Intel’s PC stick, but […]

Acer C738T convertible Chromebook with Intel Braswell on the way?

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Acer is reportedly working on a new Chromebook which will be the company’s first model to feature a convertible design. Accordingf to WinFuture, the Acer C738T Chromebook is a laptop with an 11.6 inch touchscreen display and a 360 degree hinge. Push the screen back all the way and you can hold the computer like a […]

Google Android ported to run on a graphing calculator

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Remember when new gadgets would come out and someone would always ask “can it run Doom?” The answer was usually “yes.” But there might be a better question today: can it run Android? We’ve seen Android ported to run on all sorts of devices, ranging from the HP TouchPad tablet to the HTC HD2 smartphone, […]